Turkey slams Austrian Chancellor's Erdoğan remarks

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu slammed on Saturday Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz who said the European Union must resist to pressure and blackmails from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

"The major threat to the EU and its values is the distorted ideology represented by Sebastian Kurz," Çavusoğlu said on Twitter.

"These ugly politics based on xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia is the sickly mindset of our age," he said.

Kurz accused Erdoğan of using migrants who were amassed on the Greek border as a “weapon” against the European Union on Wednesday during an interview on Austrian television regarding the fifth anniversary of the refugee crisis.

“If we give in to Erdoğan and Turkey, then good night, Europe,” Kurz said.

In 2016, the EU and Turkey reached a deal in which Turkey received billions of euros in exchange for averting a wave of refugees and asylum seekers from crossing into Europe. However, when the Syrian regime began its offensive on Idlib, which is home to various Ankara-backed militias, Turkey opened its border to allow refugees to stream into Europe as a way to get the EU to put pressure on Damascus to halt the offensive.